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At Calpine, we give you the tools you need to chart your own career path in an engaging, fast-paced environment where you can learn from power industry leaders.

Whether you are a student seeking an internship that offers real-world experience, a recent graduate ready to build a rewarding career or a seasoned professional who wants to expand your horizons, Calpine provides meaningful opportunities and challenges.

Our learning and development platforms and educational reimbursement programs enable employees with initiative to explore their own potential in a dynamic and rewarding industry.

Requisition Number 20-0313
Title Sr Real Time Power Operat
City Houston
State TX
Job Family Commercial Operations
Shift Days
Employee Type Regular
Subject to DOT Regulations No
Percent of Travel Required 0
Relocation Provided No
Location Houston Office
Description Schedules, controls and dispatches output for Calpine’s generating units including conducting commercial transactions and monitoring scheduling activities on one desk. Determines generation requirements to meet obligations through monitoring real-time status information pertaining to available generation to meet Calpine’s obligations, and identifies excess generation available for the spot market. Communicates unit start up/shut down to plants for the trading organization.

Determines what actions to take to ensure reliable operation of the power grid. Communicates with the control area operator/ISO to maintain stability including coordination of communication and data exchange (real-time, day-ahead, historical) among Calpine’s generating plants and customers (e.g. independent system operators, power pools and transmission operations). Notifies appropriate internal and external customers on outages and limitations in a timely manner.

Focuses on optimizing economics of owned assets in the real-time and day-ahead environments, which may include conducting real-time (hourly, daily) purchase and sales transactions to increase margin and lower power costs, analyzing and reacting to current market and competitive conditions, monitoring scheduled transactions, re-supplying and rescheduling power in the event of curtailments, and executing opportunistic business opportunities that create value for Calpine, without compromising company guidelines for risk management. Accurately enters all trading activities in designated databases/tools.

Job Responsibilities:

•Solid, working knowledge of trading power in the hourly market and broad understanding of combined cycle electrical generating plants including operations, maintenance and performance engineering skills.
•Experienced professional with full understanding of job, company and industry practices.
•Performs in fully-functioning capacity, equivalent to a journey level contributor.
•Full knowledge of Market rules and Contract (Energy and Transmission) requirements and limitations.
•Makes decisions regarding own work, often in ambiguous situations; makes recommendations regarding own function/discipline.
•Solves operational problems and associated technical issues; modifies existing tools, techniques or processes.
•Works on problems of moderate complexity.
•Uses independent judgment within defined policies and practices. Interprets guidelines, select methods, techniques and analytical approach.
•Little instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments.
•May be designated project or technical lead for an ongoing process or short-term project within own department.
•Information sharing – gives and receives information such as options, technical direction, instruction and reporting results.

•Other responsibilities as needed. Responsibilities may change as business evolves.
•**This position is considered an essential worker and may be called upon to work alternative schedules or on-call at times.
Requirements •Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
•Journey – level; typically requires 2+ years’ experience in the energy sector with experience related to processes in a combined cycle power plant.
•NERC System Operator certification or higher within six months of job acceptance.
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